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Psych Folk Breakout The Solars release new EP

Sleigh-bells and classically folk harmonies meet and find peace on the provocative debut EP from The Solars. Retitled Remastered emphasizes the Boston psych-folk group’s thoughtful attention to the recording process. Taking the dark side of psych and marrying it with the gentle appeal of folk, The Solars are sure to grab attention from the Boston/New England experimental scene. Members Miles Hewitt and Quetzal Herzig charismatically draw from groups like Alt-J and Local Natives on their debut. All the same, this album is pure enchantment.-Allison Miller






Basement boys Nice Guys and Black Beach to play Great Scott

This June, two staples of Boston basements, Nice Guys and Black Beach, teamed up to release a split 7.” These bands bring a grungy, unpretentious energy to their music that stands far away from the math-rock stylings often found in the Berklee scene. With fuzzy guitars, screaming vocals and a vengeful, intentional energy, both bands meet each other head to head on each track of the split. It’s a match made in bong-ripping, surf-rocking hell. Enjoy singles “Grodelo” by Nice Guys and “Poor Posture” by Black Beach





Folk Singer/Songwriter Katie Dobbins Releases Debut Album, Embarks on New England Tour

Last month, Boston-based singer/songwriter Katie Dobbins released her debut album, She Is Free, a deeply personal record that is full of reflective poetry and messages of love. At its core, She is Free is a pop record, bringing to mind Jewel's Pieces of You, but Dobbins reveals her eclectic nature through traditional folk instruments, horns, and the occasional twangy pedal steel. Katie will be setting out on a supporting tour this month throughout New England.  You can find dates and more information here. -Brian Varneke





That One Eyed Kid releases soulful synth-pop EP 'Crash and Burn'

Mostly known for his production skills, Josh Friedman (or That One Eyed Kid) just released an EP of his own: Crash and Burn. The record's synth-pop driven sound flirts with Hall & Oates gentlemanly soul-pop, while Josh' voice adds more depth to the tracks. Join the party at his upcoming show at Thunder Road Music Club on June 27th, and listen to single "No Touching" below. - Lilly Milman 





The Prefab Messiahs Release New Video for New Single, Sometimes Sunnydaze

 The Prefab Messiahs formed in 1981 in the art-punk scene of Worchester, Mass.  While their initial run lasted just over a year, they reformed in 2012 and began writing new tunes that are as relevant now as they were when their career started.  The band blazes through your speakers with a sound that is two parts 60s power pop, two parts brit-punk, with a dash of psychedilia.  Their newest single, "Sometimes Sunnydaze" is an ode to staying inside on beautiful days, and yet is a must-add for your summer beach playlist.  Check out the music video in the link below. -Brian Varneke

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